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Happiness At Home: How To Stop Procrastinating

This is the second of a series of two newsletters that explore the dynamics of procrastination. In my last newsletter, you learned what procrastination is and why people do it. In this issue, you will learn how to change your procrastination behaviours and enable yourself to be more productive. You will have the greatest success […]

Happiness At Home Newsletter: What Makes Us Procrastinate?

All of us procrastinate on occasion. For some people, it’s a chronic problem; for others, it’s only a problem in certain life areas. Procrastination is always frustrating because it results in wasted time, lost opportunities, disappointing work performance, and generally feeling bad about yourself. When you procrastinate, you allow less important tasks to take up […]

Relationship Checkup

Most adults engage in long-term relationships, including marriage and other committed partnerships. Nearly everyone experiences difficulties in their marriage or committed relationship from time to time, but some people seem more prepared to anticipate these hard times and respond to them more skillfully than others. The Relationship Checkup is a list of 11 points that […]

Happiness At Home: Managing Difficult Life Transitions

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don’t seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the […]

Kids Need Chores!

Back when papers arrived on our front doorstep every morning, I cut articles out that caught my eye, hung on to them for future reference. Going through some of my archives, I can across one in the Toronto Star from April 17, 2010, titled “Hey Kids, Why Is Dad Taking Out The Trash?” by Andrea Gordon.  […]

Encouraging Words

There has been a movement in parenting in the past number of years that is generally referred to as the “self esteem movement”.  The basics of this movement focus on raising a child’s self esteem through excessive praise, rewards, sticker charts, and other external motivators.  While there’s nothing wrong with all of these things in […]

Happiness At Home: How To Recover From A Career Crisis

If you have ever experienced any of the following, you have had a career crisis: Losing your job Being fired Burning out Not wanting to do your job for one more day A career crisis can be caused either by someone else (being laid off) or by your own feelings (burning out). Common Causes of […]

Taking Care Of Mom

It doesn’t seem right that there’s only one day a year to pamper Mom.  364 days on, one day off?  Not a great gig at first glance.  Of course we all know that the rewards of motherhood are far greater than the costs. But that doesn’t mean that it’s easy or even possible to carry […]

Coping During Times Of Stress

There’s a lot to be worried about these days. Now that the novelty of self-isolation has worn off and the reality has sunk in, it may be time to go back to basics. Here are some tips for focusing on self-care. Scale back. It’s tempting to see this as an opportunity to clean out your […]